Travel Postcard: 48 Hours at the Oscars
By Cristy Lytal
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood's always been known as a fast town, so with only 48 hours to spend and a desire to see the stars, a weekend getaway to the Oscars seems like a good, quick holiday.
Friday, 6 p.m. - After procuring the single most important piece of equipment you'll need -- a rental car -- check into the Roosevelt Hotel (7000 Hollywood Boulevard, 800/950-7667, www.hollywoodroosevelt.com), directly across the street from the Kodak Theater where the Oscars are held.
A block away is the Magic Castle Hotel (7025 Franklin Avenue; 800/741-4915, www.magiccastlehotel.com) that offers access to its magicians' clubhouse and the Renaissance Hotel (1755 N. Highland Boulevard, 800/769-4774, www.renaissancehollywood.com), adjacent to the Kodak.
6:15 p.m. - Stroll to Musso & Frank Grill (6667 Hollywood Boulevard, 323/467-7788, www.mussoandfrankgrill.com) for pitch perfect martinis and classic eats where everyone from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Orson Wells has dined.
7:30 p.m. - Catch the "Mad as Hell Best Actors Double Feature" of "Network" and "Wall Street" at the Egyptian Theater (6712 Hollywood Boulevard, 323/466-3456, www.americancinematheque.com), the movie palace where showman Sid Grauman staged the first Hollywood premiere in 1922.
11:30 p.m. - It's never too late for sightseeing in Hollywood. Check out El Capitan Theater (6838 Hollywood Boulevard, 818/845-3110, disney.go.com/DisneyPictures/el_capitan), Grauman's Chinese Theater (6925 Hollywood Boulevard, www.manntheatres.com/chinese), and the Walk of Fame.
Midnight - Grab a drink at Formosa Cafe (7156 Santa Monica Blvd., 323/850-9050, formosacafe.com), a converted trolley that has drawn the famous from Brando to Bogie since 1925. Continued...